Wicked Prowl

“The wicked prowl on every side
When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.”
— Psalm 12:8

Much of what we have come to understand about the time in which we live – its meaning in an end-time context, and its specific meaning for the individual – is perceived intimately in each heart, on the basis of personal revelation of God’s Word.

One aspect of an end-time perspective is that evil and wicked men will increasingly prey upon regions and nations with a vengeance, as though the final contest between good and evil were being weighed once and for all, for all time.

That portrayal, in fact, explains precisely the hardship our world is experiencing; and, despite the reality of the hardship “of every side”, the Believer has sufficiency in every way—more of the Lord in our lives and more of His Word proven in our hearts so that we rise above it all to stand in stark contrast to even the darkest of settings. We excel ito exalt the Lord… “among the sons of men!”

Remarkably, our warfare is accomplished by the simplest of truths—the words of the mouth hold death and life, and the thoughts of the heart rise to determine the outcome. The earth is the Lord’s, along with everything it contains. Satan is god only to those who follow his lead but the Believer is possessor of wisdom’s warfare—purity sees as God sees.

Amen.

2 Thessalonians 3:16
Proverbs 18:21
Proverbs 23:7
2 Corinthians 4:4
Psalm 24:1
2 Samuel 22:27
Psalm 18:26
Titus 1:15

Tumult of Nations

There is a tumult in the nations. The psalmist wrote that humanity’s railing against God and His Son-King, and against His rule from Mt. Zion, has been with us since ancient times. Those who despise or ignore the Lord and His righteous decrees are enraged, plotting vain (empty) things in an attempt to de-throne Him. They cannot succeed. Yet for those who know the Presence of the Almighty God and the joyful sound in His camp, who take their stand with Him and with His ancient Jewish people, are blessed: “Blessed are they who put their trust in Him.”

So we pray today: O God, we put our trust in You, we hope in You; in You we strengthen the boundaries and borders of Your choosing. As we pray, we move mountains spiritually; as we pray, we recover all! We declare restoration of that which has been taken, recovery of that which seemingly is lost. We say NO to death, NO to destruction, inviting instead the Presence of Almighty God, the LIFE-GIVER, to rule and restore. As we pray we usher in a covering and a wall of protection for those in danger. Throughout the lands of the north and the south, east and west, we call forth our SONS—we call them up and out; we call them to safety. As we pray we usher in the song of rejoicing, the song of the Redeemed. We look up and see that redemption is drawing nigh! We pray for all those in authority, especially for those who rule in righteousness and by the Word of the Lord. Now, therefore, we call forth the company of those who know God, the valiant ones—those skilled in rescue, possessors of exploits and might, who outwit the enemy of Life; we turn this battle, restore Life, and bring the prophet’s reward to those who believe.

Amen, so be it!

Psalm 2

Pride & Falling

God’s Word is perspective for our lives—it is the Lord who directs paths with His Spirit and Word; He is Lamp for feet and Light for paths. Without His shining we cannot see, and without full sight we settle for whatever light we can get. To compare what we settle for, to what He has ordained, is like comparison of inches to miles, of neighborhoods to nations, of a newborn to a wise, experienced elder. Conviction of such perspective is the Spirit’s gift—without the Spirit, we are unconvinced because we are not convicted, and time becomes governor for the distance we travel before pride has its way: “Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18, NLT

Time is governor for those who choose the low path but on the heights there is the Son of God, our Savior—He is for us!! God is Father, Son and Spirit—to know Him is to know His Word; without His Word perspective dulls, futures dim and possibilities darken: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:3-5, NKJV

Father, I pray… that Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in my life—today! I ask You, Lord, for conviction by Your Spirit and the Light of Your Presence to come. Forgive me – pride has kept and restrained me because I did not do what I knew to do to receive Your Wisdom. I turn. I turn. I turn. Today, I turn away from pride and into Your Word—which is Light. Holy Spirit, come, I pray! I need You. Lord Jesus, I ask you to be Savior and Lord of my life—I turn away from my own lordship and toward You! (Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38) Amen.

All Places of His Dominion

We are directed by the Lord from the beginning of anything right through to its conclusion. In the process, we trust Him because we know from experience He has plans we do not know yet, including provision for our souls so that we are able to move in concert with His leading.

In the process, the soul must agree with His leading: Humanly speaking, we are triune beings—spirit, soul and body; our progress will require soul agreement with the Lord as well as a willing spirit and disciplined flesh.

The requirement is because we want to demonstrate His dominion; and in every place of His dominion there are treasures waiting – “in all places” for those who connect to “all His works.” With that dominion there is a river teaming with Goodness—it forms around us and we become one with it. We are one with the Lord’s Goodness to demonstrate His dominion in every place!

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship),] recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live] (Ephesians 2:10, AMP).”

Amen.

Matthew 26:41
Ezekiel 47
Psalm 103;22
Ephesians 2:10

An Uncommon House

You might be surprised to know the difference your life makes, and you probably have no idea how others are impacted by the discipline of your lifestyle. In spiritual terms the integrity you carry influences others strongly, placing you among the prominent whose influence shapes the community.

God’s creation unfolds today, appearing to you, and through you; the Gospel of His Son unfolds today, spoken to you, through you. The working of miracles unfolds today, hinged upon your obedience to carry the miracle message. Temptation rises to resist you, such as is common to man; but what you build today will not be common—you are building an uncommon house.

Therefore, we pray, Lord… we consecrate our lives for purposes beyond what we can imagine and greater than ourselves; we declare today the beginning of some things, and the end of some other things; a continuous moving from the beginning of something and carrying it to its completion – an uncommon house! It’s time.

Amen, so be it.

Portions

Today we recognize that talent and creativity for design are God-given. We realize the corresponding mandate from God to take the lead, train others, and multiply the output in the area of such gifting to fully receive the blessing God intends: God’s door to accomplishment is open to every person who will utilize the talent and creativity divinely invested in them.

“She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.” (Proverbs 31:15, NKJV)

A portion is a prescribed task, prescribed portion, prescribed limit, an enactment, decree or ordinance, an action prescribed for oneself as in resolve; a specific decree or law in general, a condition or decree, a civil enactment prescribed by God – a statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed, due. (Strong’s Concordance)

Let’s Pray:
Father, in Jesus’ Name, I pray today declaring new strength of resolve for proper use of time and talents. Holy Spirit, direct me away from squandering the treasure inside through laziness or wrong choices. Then re-direct me first to the “highest” for my life personally and then in a leadership role, assigning tasks to those you desire to train; whether the children and family of my household or beyond, I see the destiny involved. Enlarge my vision Lord. Amen.

(Strong’s Concordance)

Personal Power

If people could see the benefit of giving their strength to God, they would. Instead, what they believe they see is the benefit to be derived from giving their personal strength in that which is earthly. This explains why many people heavily invest their time in earthly pursuits and pleasure, and why even those considered religious have creatively structured their own specialized relationship with God to include pet indulgences. It also explains why the power has gone out! Power is developed through strength and in the lives of many of God’s people, power in prayer and God’s supernatural power to prevail over things that are wrong has gone out like a light. Not there!

John, the Revelator prophetically exposed a warfare between true power and it’s counterfeit: “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them – for he is Lord of lords and King of kings. And those with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful (Revelation 17:13, 14).”

Besides the warfare, John also saw the Creation as it will be seen ultimately aligned with the Creator: “These people say with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.’ And every creature in heaven, earth, under the earth, and in the sea…are heard saying, ‘Blessing, honor, glory, power, be to Him and to the Lamb (Revelation 5:12-14; 7:9-12).”

It is time to give God your strength and receive His power on the altar of exchange. Yield your strength over to Him ahead of anyone or anything else, honoring Him with that which was His from the beginning! Honor and worship Him with your strength and with the crowns He has given you, saying: “Now unto Him that is able to keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of His glory with great joy, To the only wise God my Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever (Jude 1:24, 25).”

Amen.

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Up-Front: A Perspective for 2009


I thought it important to share concerning the presidential election season that just ended and wrote my impressions below on my last flight from Washington. I have compared my views with those of others –a  check for balance sake – and offer it to you as my perspective to begin 2009.

There are three foundational pillars to our ministry: 1) Prayer, 2) Discipleship & 3) the Nations. Realizing there are many ways in which we each extend ourselves into the places where the Lord sends us when I read our position with a critical eye it is the ‘big picture’ that concerns me. This month we begin our 20th year (1989-2009) and it is the overview—the composite image—that I question. As a group, much of what we do reminds me of baby steps—small, small, small—too little, too late; as a group we are sluggish, moving only as fast and as far as the least can move. We have GOT to “get it” – all of us!

Besides this ministry, I am amazed generally with the silly operation of faith in the church. Members operate as believers in the same way they might as astronauts—they do not operate. Instead, something else is going on.

First, faith has become another word for Christianity – or any other religion – as though by the term faith I describe religious preference. Of course that is not faith; faith is power—faith is power to establish what we have been sent to establish and it is not working well for us. I believe the reason is that the minds of people of faith and the words they speak contradict the very thing they say they mean to establish, a schizophrenic approach.

Secondly, Bible studies and group meetings are now so me-centered they blind the Body to what is at stake—there is no actionable result that impacts the lifestyle of the members, only short-term mission outreaches designed to add that part of the model to the resume. Worldview is not a dynamic for us, it is a topic of conversation; and if the ability to converse on just the obvious worldview issues is a measure, the score is painful, shallow to the point of boredom—the hearer is bored, not the one speaking; the one speaking is stimulated to the max to hear themselves carry on and on in terms gleaned from someone else, with opinions they have no historical basis or measure of well-rounded information.

Third – multiply the condition to include homes, congregations, places of power and we see the nation is in a soup of words and opinions that produce little in places of power where worldview is shaped. We are talking to hear ourselves talk and apparently do not intend to do the hard part – to step into the soup and speak up.

Thankfully, those who are serious understand that faith is power, that worldview is Jesus’ model to shift the individual, the home and the nations for the Gospel, and that our work has a window of time, after which the window closes. But not enough believers get it and it is shocking that today is another day in our future in which we fail to convey as one voice, with clear and impressive reality, that the Son of God is Lord – that besides Him there is no other lord, that we are ministers of, and ambassadors of His, that we are not whispers, heavy breathers, or empty-headed wanderers, but are strategic, focused and determined.

In my view…

I explained in last month’s letter that I believe we have squandered a critically historical season in which the United States was given a two-term leader whose relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob guided him. Among other things, President George W. Bush boldly put his foot on the head—one head, many expressions—of partial birth abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and a heaven-earth alignment of spiritual forces against our national future—our children. There are many serious issues our government faces but only a few of those pivot us toward blessing or curse. For example, despite the fact that for decades no one could slow the momentum of a literal culture of death—its guns aimed squarely at changing America’s future as a Christian nation once and for all—President Bush’s unpopular leadership in other policy areas provoked a surge of words of doubt, impatience, contempt, despising. Even from the church, those with God-given power of the spoken word to advance the Kingdom utilized that same power against God’s man. The spiritual battle that ensued, I believe, made confusion the rule: north appeared to be south, up to be down, and wrong received the nod to be right; confusion ruled sufficiently to overwhelm and outclass righteous effort. Though many were praying it is obvious that a contradiction of prayer emerged: How it is that something so certain in the excitement of the prayer meeting is – possibly by morning—questioned, doubted and all but counted down, and out without so much as a fight. How can we be so glad one minute and so sad the next? Perhaps the equilibrium thing is the problem – no wonder many are so medicated.

Question: Do we have the spiritual guts to stay the course with guarded hearts and words? Armies in battle and under command do not shift and twist with the battle—they stay in the battle, “keep the faith”; lives are laid down in the process because the object of the battle is worth the battle. If we cannot decide what we believe, or how to proceed, we are not sufficiently spiritual to be in uniform– much less in the battle.

Conclusion
So, if we were given a godly man to stand spiritually against the spirit-battle, and against terrorism in the natural—forces most of us can only imagine—why did WE step back; or should I say backward? The tendency is that we do not know what we are talking about, but present our opinions as those who know a great deal. Our knowledge of history is pitiful, and our knowledge of current events often from sources whose agenda is devastating to everything we value; we are narrow-minded, uninformed and silly—we do not study, do not grow, and are content to settle for what we can get instead of the vast territory believers were meant to occupy. Our prayers are nullified by doubt and speculation, sometimes before the amen is said. More and more, I carefully choose who to join in prayer since often it is religious, repetitious, simple-minded, uninformed and worst of all, without faith—meaning without power. Too many  pray with out-dated mindsets and prayers often are little more than a report to God of imaginary facts with suggested ways in which He should handle the situation. If it does not happen the way we prescribe and preferably immediately, we change out of our giant suits and into something else—discouraged, oppressed, needing prayer, cannot go on, do not know what to think, guess I missed it—blah, blah, blah.
To balance this I must say that some do step up—single-minded, steady, articulate, confident, clear about prayer, not fainting; others do not.

Reposition…
We have been sidelined to some extent since, as has been said, often we simply do not know what we are talking about and are shallow in our understanding; we have been dull spiritually and have not realized the full weight and gravity of the main issue – that death is a spirit and once the door is opened, everyone is game—even you.

 #1 – We must speak to the misinformation but also we have to do it better than we have so far–wiser, sharper, and in terms the non-believing world can understand. If those who ridicule our values throw a fit, throw one back—tell them the truth but tell them in words they understand.

#2 – We need to change our approach—less willing to wait and more exacting. For starters, we should not be patient with absurd misinformation like the mark placed on our president—that our strongly Christian president is “that way” because he is unlearned, not savvy. The protest was difficult to hear.

#3 – How will we respond as the same mocking and perception are applied more and more to you and me—that an intelligent, educated, experienced person would never think like we do; that we are too simple and unsophisticated to compete in the American newly-being-created-culture that craves religion with a European flair and a renaissance mindset concerning which god. 

#4 – We can reposition. Each person needs to gather ten others to disciple and help them understand that we can change the momentum of the problems we are faced with, many of which are foreign and domestic doors that have been opened by abortion, the taking of innocent life. We need to speak clearly and often but our increase of influence comes with increase of those who have been discipled and trained.

#5 – What we do we must do quickly.

Shirley Weaver
A Clear Trumpet
January 1, 2009

Name Change

His mother called his name Jabez, saying,
“Because I bore him in pain.”
1Chronicles 4:9

Names are important

Jabez was marked, literally. The meaning of his name “he will cause pain” marked him each time his name was spoken: Jabez, you are one who will (always) cause pain!” But Jabez didn’t follow his birth name prediction; instead, he called upon the Lord asking that the negative pronouncement over his life and the nature predicted by a parent’s careless prophecy be changed. In asking, Jabez was bold, asking for the opposite—for his life to be marked by blessing, enlarged influence and the Lord’s hand upon his life:

Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying
“Oh, that you would bless me indeed,
And enlarge my territory,
That your hand would be with me,
And that You would keep me from evil,
That I may not cause pain!” v.10

In the Bible names have meaning

In the Bible, names link individuals to their destiny. The name change Jabez requested included a transfusion of God’s plan into his nature; a sovereign replacement of his mother’s choice in naming him. God’s answer meant the opposite of the mother’s words granting Jabez’ request.

Unlimited possibilities

Concerning a life that’s on a wrong course for any reason – because of a parent’s careless words, surrounding conditions, whatever — if asked, God will do the work. The possibilities are unlimited. Actually, no limits whatsoever! All things are possible!

Amen.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Barzillai’s Company & Cyrus Positioning

Barzillai the Jew

Barzillai is the wealthy man positioned inside the Lord’s camp, the man who sees to it that David and his men have full supply at all times, receiving in return a blessing for himself and for his descendants. Barzillai the Jew possessed exemplary vision for personal wealth.

Barzillai, pronounced bar-zil’-la-i (Heb. bar-zil-lah-ee), means, “iron hearted” and is the name of three Israelites; Barzillai the Gileadite is our subject. This man saw to it that David’s army was supplied. The record doesn’t indicate David asked Barzillai for help, only that Barzillai supplied.  And when read that way–that without being asked Barzillai supplied David and David’s men from his own personal wealth–the account is consistent with the biblical purpose for wealth creation, to bankroll (underwrite the expense of) God’s purposes. (2 Samuel 17:27)

“And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim and went across the Jordon with the king, to escort him across the Jordan. Now Barzillai was a very aged man, eighty years old. And he had provided the king with supplies while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very rich man. And the king said to Barzillai, “Come across with me, and I will provide for you while you are with me in Jerusalem.” Barzillai answered… Why then should your servant be a further burden to my lord the king? Your servant will go a little way across the Jordan with the king. And why should the king repay me with such a reward? Please let your servant turn back again… (to) my own city… and the king answered, “… Now whatever you request of me I will do for you.” Then all the people went over Jordan. And when the king had crossed over, the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own place.” (2 Samuel 19:31-39, NKJV)

When the ordeal with Absalom was over, David made the return journey to Jerusalem and to the throne as King.  Barzillai left his home and also journeyed, meeting the king’s entourage as they crossed the Jordan River. Can you imagine what it must have been like as the people crossed Jordan that day? Can you imagine the tears as seasoned Barzillai witnesses fulfillment of the promise God had him finance? Imagine the mutual respect as David sees Barzillai, approaches and invites him to Jerusalem, to the palace to eat at the king’s table. Barzillai declines, opting to return to his hometown, his mission complete. The king kissed, then blessed him and they part. Later, as David lies dying he insures the reality and momentum of the benefactor’s blessing will continue as an inheritance for generations that follow; he instructs his own son Solomon who will become king after him—concerning provision for Barzillai’s sons, they will be among those who continue to eat at the king’s table. (1 Kings 2:7)

Barzillai the benefactor possessed personal wealth in biblical proportion. Biblical wealth begins with money, increases to riches and then advances to the creation of wealth. Money’s third and highest level is wealth, a power cordoned off for God, and then given by God to men in such a way that sorrow is locked out and Kingdom-minded men are empowered to invest in brilliant enterprise, establishing God’s Kingdom-covenant. The blessing of the Lord makes rich and there is no sorrow in the wealth-factor when it’s operation is according to the Lord’s blessing. (Proverbs 10:22Deut. 8:18-20)

There is a modern Barzillai-company; many in this company, though religious mentally as yet are unaware concerning their true investment potential.  Markets are in flux but God’s Kingdom dynamic is an eternal continuum. Barzillai is our in-house model, his money the power to create wealth, his wealth the power to affect change for God’s Kingdom.

King Cyrus of Persia

Another wealthy man, Cyrus king of Persia, was also a supplier. His position as king gave him control of resources and power over regions. This pagan leader shepherded the Jews rather than oppressing them as had his predecessors and His edict to rebuild Jerusalem maintains for him  a unique role in Jewish history. (2 Chronicles 36:22 – Ezra 1:4)

Concerning Cyrus, one who was outside the Lord’s camp, we read: “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “you shall be built,” And to the temple, “your foundation shall be laid.” Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held – To subdue nations before him, And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: I will go before you, And make the crooked places straight;…I will give you… hidden riches in secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel, My elect. I have called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. (Isaiah 44:28–45:4, NKJV)

Fortunately for Israel, the heart of this pagan king was in the hands of the Lord. Fortunately for them, as they emerged from Babylonian exile without means of any kind, supplies were provided by this unlikely man who should have had no heart whatsoever for them. But God stirred his heart and Cyrus arranged supplies for the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem “with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, besides the freewill offering for the house of God.” (Ezra 1:7)

As Cyrus was instrumental in rebuilding Jerusalem, modern Cyrus’s are being called by the Lord, though they have not known Him. With hearts stirred to help and empowered by God to get wealth, they join in the building of His Kingdom, seeing to provision and arranging for supply. For such a time as this God’s command to visionaries and laborers is to build, His command to those empowered with wealth is provide the supplies needed to do so.

These two, Barzillai the Jew and Cyrus the Persian, like others in biblical history – men like Abraham, women like Deborah – were instrumental in the supply chain and therefore in fulfillment of destinies. The one, Barzillai possessed power because of his wealth; the other, Cyrus possessed great wealth because of his power.

Declaration Prayer:

Father, I pray for Your Kingdom to come, and your will to be done, on earth just like it is in heaven; for that which is established in heaven to be established in the earth, the two realms moving toward a merger! I agree with it, I see it more clearly now and I therefore line up with it and declare: Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Wealth of heaven overflow into the earth realm; wealth of the earth overflow into the Kingdom of heaven on earth! I pray for the example of Barzillai to instruct me concerning riches and wealth. I am the Lord’s inheritance, the wealthy man inside the Lord’s camp who sees to provision for David and his army, and who therefore receives blessing from the Lord for my descendants. Father, I pray for those like King Cyrus whose hearts are stirred though they may not know You. I pray for them as You give them understanding of the eternal, what’s truly important. I pray for the many like Cyrus whom you have already tapped for mutual blessing, increase for their lives and families. I pray that the example of Cyrus on the world scene will increase in our day; as the choice is made to favor Your righteous cause through the position and power You have given them, I pray for their salvation and the salvation of their entire house through Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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